1895 Print over 100 years old Moscow Imperial Palace (also available unframed) x


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Antique print dated 1895.

The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.

In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it within a brown frame with mount.

Frame size 400mm x 370mm. Available also in a gold frame, your choice. RtW.47.

Entitled – Moscow. Imperial Palace.

Below the picture an inscription reads:

Moscow. – On the old north-eastern boundary of Moscow is the Shuaref Tower, built by Peter the Great in 1692. The naval craze was strong upon the over-rated autocrat at this time, for the tower is supposed to represent the mast of an ancient flagship; the surrounding galleries constitute the quarter-deck, and the buildings to the east and west, the bow and stern of this fantastic model. On the banks of the Moskva, situated in the Krasenoi Ploschad (Red Place), between the walls of the Kremlin and those of the Kitai Gorod (Chinese City), is the Vasili Blagenoi, Church of St. Basil, probably the most extraordinary church in the world. There are nearly twenty vari-coloured domes of different shapes and sizes; no main building can be discovered in this bizarre pile. It was built by Ivan the Terrible, in 1555, and is ornamented with pots of flowers, rosettes, heraldic designs, and grotesque figures. The interior is dazzlingly resplendent in gold and mosaics. The whole structure met with such unqualified approval from Ivan the Terrible, that he deprived the architect of his eyesight lest, perhaps, he should duplicate the masterpiece in some less favoured city. Moscow, be it noted, is remarkable for big bells. In the Tower of Ivan the Great alone there are thirty-four bells of different sizes, the largest, named Assumption, weighing sixty-four tons, and completely dwarfing any bell in this country. The tower is ascended by 450 particularly steep steps, and is 325ft. high. There is a chapel in the basement; and the whole of the bells, including two silver bells of exquisite tone, in the fifth story, are rung on Easter Eve with magnificent effect, the tolling of the bell Assumption causing a tremor noticeable all over the city. The world-renowned Tsar Kolokol, or King of Bells, however, was something of a failure. It is now shown to the traveller at Moscow mounted on a granite pedestal and fitted up as a chapel. It was given to the nation by the Empress Anne, and weighs nearly 200 tons. It is 67ft. high, 22ft. in diameter, and 2ft. thick. For two centuries it was allowed to remain half buried in the sand of the moulding pit. The broken piece weighs eleven tons; and the value of the bell, merely as old metal is £66,565.

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Weight4.41 kg
Dimensions60 × 50 × 6 cm